Careers in Petroleum Engineering
The role of Petroleum Engineers in exploration & production (E&P) sectors is concerned withfunctional disciplines such as drilling, production, pipeline transportation, corporate & strategic planning, R&D, reservoir management, and enhanced & improved oil recovery activities.Career opportunities in India and abroad are expected to be good for Petroleum Engineers – whether they work with drilling equipment, on production facilities, with computer models of reservoirs, or with sophisticated instrumentation & control equipment. In India, specifically, stress is likely to be onthe revitalization of ageing fields, re-estimation of basic field parameters with new technology, andintensified application of modern technology.
Specialization Streams in BTech (Petroleum Engineering)
Oil and gas production can be sub-divided into several broad fields of science and technology:Geosciences and Reservoir Engineering help us to discover, understand and model basic reservoir &flow parameters in fields, with the aim of extracting hydrocarbons.Reservoir Engineering and Production Engineering – including drilling – help us to achieve production from wells in an economically efficient manner.Production Engineering – in another important aspect – deals with the surface gathering andtransportation of hydrocarbons, marking the end of so-called ‘upstream’ activity.All students admitted to the undergraduate program at PDPU receive the BTech degree in PetroleumEngineering. However, in view of the broad scope of Petroleum Engineering – and also to cater to thevarying interests and aptitude of students – the BTech degree program offers the following four specializations to students in their final three semesters of study:Reservoir EngineeringOperations & ProductionInstrumentation & ControlModeling & Virtual Reality
Reservoir Engineering can be defined as the art of development and exploitation of oil and gas fields,in a manner to get maximum recovery at minimum cost, through the application of knowledge of geological events and physical laws of fluid flow. Solution of reservoir engineering problems oftenrequires innovative thinking, and the application of integrated knowledge of physics, mathematics,geo-sciences and engineering.Today in India, basic reservoir management decisions must be taken in the context of the NewExploration Policy of the country. With this policy, more and more companies are joiningconventional oil and gas exploration business including coal bed methane.
Operation & Production
Operation & Production stream is concerned with activities starting with well construction – drilling& completion – to the production & processing of hydrocarbons, while satisfying at all times thenecessary health, safety and environmental norms. This entire activity chain requires well-engineered& meticulous planning, so as to invite least intervention through the production cycle, to remain costeffective and safe, even with the growing complexity and power of modern technology. Another